Team GB Defeat Dutch In Pursuit Of Bronze
Great Britain kept alive their hopes of a bronze medal at the World Championship (Division 1B) with a 4-3 victory over winless Netherlands.
GB need to beat Poland in regulation time on Saturday in Vilnius and hope Lithuania defeat Croatia for Doug Christiansen’s side to secure third place.
A stretch pass from Danny Meyers fed Stena Line Belfast Giants forward Colin Shields right side, who fired under Martijn Oosterwijk after only 33 seconds.
It was 2-0 on the very next shift as David Clarke netted 18 seconds later on a pass from Ashley Tait after Mark Garside had dug the puck out the corner.
Netherlands cut the gap after a great skate from his own zone by Jordy van Oorschot and he set up Nardo Nagtzaam for a tip in front off the post (10:11).
A clever play saw Meyers gain the zone and convert a pass from Ben Davies to make it 3-1 at 34:48.
Tait was then thrown out of the game after he objected to the referee failing to call a nasty hit from behind on him a few seconds earlier.
Nagzaam pounced for his second at 40:34, before a finish on the doorstep from Matthew Myers, with assists going to Clarke and Jonathan Weaver, put GB 4-2 ahead.
Netherlands continued to look dangerous and Kevin Bruijsten’s finish made it a one-goal game.
GB hung on as Netherlands pulled the netminder for the last two minutes to record a vital three points.
Christiansen said: “We made lots of mistakes but we found a way to win.
“We have played better in this tournament and lost, so we will take a win any way it will come.
“But we scored some good goals and can take confidence from how we took our chances.
“A bronze medal is still a possibility and the boys have set their sights on that.
“It is important we finish the tournament in the best possible way.”
Tomorrow is a tournament rest day and GB’s final game against Poland is at 2:30pm UK time.
Photo: Colin Lawson